The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

July 9, 2012

Joplin man draws suspended sentence in assault case

A Joplin man accused of assaulting and causing serious injuries to a man who had been dating his mother pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Monday and received a suspended sentence.

Aaron M. Tanner, 30, pleaded guilty in Jasper County Circuit Court to misdemeanor assault in a plea deal with the prosecutor’s office. Tanner had been facing a felony count of second-degree assault for an attack Nov. 12 of last year on Brian Farley, 49, at Farley’s home on McKinley Avenue in Joplin.

A probable-cause affidavit states that Tanner was upset that Farley had stopped dating his mother and taken up with another woman. The affidavit alleged that he went to the victim’s home and struck him several times with his fists and a large rock, breaking bones and damaging a tendon and ligament in Farley’s wrist.

Circuit Judge David Dally accepted Tanner’s plea and assessed him one year in jail, with execution of the sentence suspended and the defendant placed on unsupervised probation for two years. The judge also ordered that he pay $1,421.66 in restitution.

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